They Came & They Wrote!

It’s the end of Week #2 in the Camp NaNoWriMo novel writing challenge, and our aspiring authors joined us at the library this past Sunday for a fun write-in. They brought lap-tops, tablets, scraps of paper, pens, coffee and inspiration! And then they wrote!



We had lots of fun things planned for the afternoon, which was especially great because the library was closed to the public. Everyone picked their favourite spot and got down to business.



Word sprints were the most exciting part of the afternoon…short 30-minute blasts of writing as much as possible. We even handed out prizes to the people who wrote the most in that time period.  It was tough, but everyone gave it their best shot.



We still have 12 people writing with us this month, and everyone is making great headway! A couple of the writers have been coming into the library on almost a daily basis to either work in a quiet space, or use one of our computers.  It’s been fun to hear their breakthroughs and learn about their accomplishments.  And those that have been writing at home have sent emails every few days to report in.

We’re still sending out daily emails to give encouragement and lots of helpful tips to keep everyone focused and moving forward with their work. I can’t wait to see how the next two weeks will go! Don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted!

Camp NaNoWriMo Week One Report

mug(Isn’t this a great mug? One of our writers made it especially for the occasion!)

While we’re not through the first week of Camp NaNoWriMo completely, we made it through four days. And what exciting days these have been! After our wonderful Camp Kick-Off event last week, we hoped everyone who attended would decide to write with us, and we weren’t disappointed!! It was difficult for some to wait until April 1st to start writing, but they did it, and I’ve had some great feedback so far. Yay, writers!

week one

We’ll keep you up to date on how our writers are doing as we go along. It’s going to be a great month!


Writers…pick up those pencils!



It’s time, writers! Today is the start of Camp NaNoWriMo!! We’re so excited that so many people came out for our Camp Kick-Off last week. We’re going to have EIGHT people writing with us this month. While not everyone will be coming to the library to write, we sure hope to see a few people on and off this month. We’ll have lots of things to do—something every day—-so if you attended the event, check your email this morning. It’s the start of your new adventure!

We have people writing mysteries, people doing historical fiction, memoir writers, personal histories, cyberpunk-fantasy-erotica ( wow!), and contemporary fiction. It’s a very diverse group, and they’re hoping to have a bit of support from each other as well as the library. So if you see someone in the Barbara Walsh room this month, hunched over a laptop, it’s one of our would-be authors possibly penning the next great novel. Yay for creativity!

We’ll check in with them periodically and keep everyone up to date on their progress.  50,000 words in one month is a BIG undertaking, but we know they can do it! Everyone is so dedicated! Happy writing, everyone!



It’s Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Day!

NaNoWriMo2014We’re hosting a very special Kick-Off Party tonight for writers in our community. It’s Camp NaNoWriMo at the library! For the entire month of April, we’re inviting writers to come to the library to try to write a novel in 30 days. It’s going to be so much fun!  We’ll have surprises, special word sprints, maybe even a plot ninja or two! Want to know more?

Drop by the library tonight from 6 – 7 pm for a special presentation. We’ll answer all your questions and more! Be prepared for a month of fun…and maybe you’ll even write a book in the process!

Calling All Campers!


We’re getting ready for something fun in April! Camp NaNoWriMo at the Carleton Place Public Library! It’s Camp for grown-ups! And writers! It’s camp for grown-up writers! And it’s going to be a fun month, filled with lots of writing chit-chat, fun writing prompts to keep you going, lots of support from your friendly librarians and maybe even some snacks. Oh, and of course, you’re going to WRITE!

What’s Camp NaNoWriMo?

November is known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. But not everyone finds November to be the best time to get down to serious work, so the great folks who organize the event have come up with two other months during the year to help inspire would-be authors. The first is April, and the next is July. And to make it extra fun, they’ve themed it around the idea of summer camp, complete with cabins and bunk beds! 

If you’ve ever felt the urge to write a novel, this is your chance. During the 30 days of April, your goal is to write 50,000 words. Maybe that sounds like a lot, maybe it doesn’t. It’s actually slightly shorter than your average novel (maybe more like a novella, but let’s not split hairs). It means you need to write about 1666 words every day. Or write all 50,000 the night on April 30th, it’s up to you. Regardless, it’s a great, doable challenge. And when you’re done, you’ll be able to tell everyone you wrote a book!

Why is the library participating?

We’re all about books, of course! And we love to support people and their dreams. Whether you’ve written ten books, or never even attempted one, we’re here to help you out. We can’t tell you what to write, or how you’ll need to manage your time in order to get those 1666 words down each day, but we have lots of great things to help. We have plenty of books on craft, books you can read for inspiration in your desired genre, movies to help you look at plot and character development quickly, or even books to help you choose names for your characters.

The library has free WiFi, and we’re open six days a week, so it’s a good opportunity to get good solid work on your novel done every day. We’ll have a dedicated space open on most days, with lots of plugins for your computers. Of course, you don’t have to use a laptop…you can write the old fashioned way with pen and paper. Whatever feels best.

Who can participate?

Camp NaNoWriMo is open to anyone over the age of 13, and we’re hoping a lot of people in our community and the surrounding areas will take part. It’s easy to register on the Camp NaNo page. Then, drop into the library to pick up your Camp Kit for the rest of the details. We’re hoping to have as many people as possibly in our library cabin, so we’ll ask you for some info when you pick up your kit.

To really get everything going, we’re having a Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off on Tuesday, March 25th here at the library from 6 – 7pm. We’ll talk about everything we’re planning, give you some fun things to get your creative juices flowing and then make sure everyone is signed up.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, come to the library and join us for Camp during the month of April. Air out those sleeping bags, stock up on sunscreen and make sure your shorts are good to go. We’re writing a novel in April!

Get ready for Camp!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to get the duffel bag packed and slather on the bug spray and sunscreen.  It’s camp time!  But this year, it’s for ADULTS, and it’s all about writing that novel you never have time for.

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you’ll know that come November, many would-be writers lock their doors, ignore the laundry piling up and get their laptops charged for some serious writing sessions. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) takes place for 30 days, and in that time, people challenge themselves to write at least 50,000 words…the length of the average novel.  It doesn’t have to be an award winner (although many great novels have been born of NaNoWriMo, including Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus) and everything you write remains yours.  This is just a fun way to get yourself motivated and be accountable to your goals for thirty days.

So…the idea of Camp NaNoWriMo sounds like fun! It runs during two separate months during the summer, June and August (maybe you’ll even get TWO novels finished) and allows people who register the option of treating it just like camp.  No, there won’t be any swimming lessons or campfire songs, but you can select to be in a “cabin” with specific writer friends, or go wild and take the random cabin option. Each group of 4 – 6 campers will be combined based on age or genre that you write, or you can be a rebel and opt out of a cabin completely.  Keep in mind, your fellow campers are going through the same struggle you are and they’ll be along to support you all month, and you can do the same for them.  If the going gets tough and you’re not meeting your word requirements, get out those pep talks and see how your cabin mates are doing it!

The best part of Camp NaNoWriMo?  It’s free!  And even if you sign up and don’t get very far, it’ll be lots of fun.  They send out great weekly letters to keep everyone motived and give people ideas.  Sound impossible?  Why not try something different this summer and write that novel you’ve always wanted to write.  It just might change your life!